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From Middle English vigour, from Old French vigour, from vigor, from Latin vigor, from vigeo (thrive, flourish), from Proto-Indo-European [Term?].

Related to vigil.



vigour (countable and uncountable, plural vigours)

  1. Active strength or force of body or mind; capacity for exertion, physically, intellectually, or morally; energy.
    • 1717, John Dryden (tr.), Metamorphoses By Ovid[1], Book the Twelfth:
      The vigour of this arm was never vain
  2. (biology) Strength or force in animal or vegetable nature or action.
    A plant grows with vigour.
  3. Strength; efficacy; potency.

Usage notesEdit

Vigour and its derivatives commonly imply active strength, or the power of action and exertion, in distinction from passive strength, or strength to endure.

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Old FrenchEdit


vigour m (oblique plural vigours, nominative singular vigours, nominative plural vigour)

  1. Alternative form of vigur